See this film: Marathon Boy at the Brattle

It's your typical, feel-good, inspirational story about a poor kid whose dream comes true through his own hard work and the help of an inspiring mentor. Except it doesn't quite happen that way in real life. In Gemma Atwal's Marathon Boy (2010), a four-year-old kid escapes from his squalid origins Slumdog Millionaire-style when he's trained to become India's greatest runner. But what happens next is a tale of corruption, greed, and surprising humanity that mirrors aspects of Indian society today. One more in the outstanding DocYard series of non-fiction films, it screens at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | Monday, April 16 @ 8 pm | $9.75; $7.75 students; $6.75 seniors | 617.876.6837 or

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